Certificate in Information Systems

As information technologies evolve, continuing education is essential for current and new IT professionals to enhance their skills in programming, database technology and administration, web development and networking.

Our Certificate in Applied Studies (CAS) in Information Systems prepares IT professionals for these challenges. The certificate provides a credential for students changing careers, professional development for seasoned IT professionals or the prerequisites for graduate study in information technology or management.

The CAS in Information Systems requires at least 21 semester hours, generally taken in six or seven classes. Those seeking to address prerequisites for graduate programs in IT or business can take classes in telecommunications or LAN, systems analysis and database design in order to address those requirements. The certificate is offered online with select courses available on campus.

The CAS is a valued credential to employers seeking professionals who maintain their skills through on-going learning and professional development. The CAS also demonstrates to graduate school admissions personnel a commitment to remaining abreast of the latest theory and practice in information systems.

Our small class sizes (the average is 12-15) combined with our adjunct professors who are themselves professionals working in information systems fields provide opportunities for personalized attention, mentoring and networking with peers and professors.

Check out the careers available to those who earn credentials in information systems.

Program Details

  • Requirements

    Certificate in Information Systems

    An earned bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in this certificate program.This certificate is offered online with options to complete select courses on campus.

    21 semester hours. Numbers after course titles represent semester hours earned.


    21 semester hours from the courses listed. Students considering future graduate study should check entrance requirements for several programs before making selections. Graduate programs generally require ISYS 302U, ISYS 306U, ISYS 311U, and/or ISYS 355U as undergraduate prerequisites.

    • ISYS 302U Local Area Networks, 4
    • ISYS 303U IT Security, 3
    • ISYS 306U Systems Analysis and Design, 3
    • ISYS 308U Digital Forensics, 3
    • ISYS 311U Database Design/Business Intelligence, 4
    • ISYS 312U Predictive Analytics, 3
    • ISYS 315U Big Data Analytics, 3
    • ISYS 316U Introduction to Business Analytics, 3
    • ISYS 317U Social Engineering, 3
    • ISYS 355U Computer Programming in Java, 4
    • ISYS 360U Electronic Commerce, 3
    • ISYS 365U Cloud Computing: Infrastructure & Services, 3
    • ISYS 370U Introduction to Ethical Hacking & Pen Testing, 3
    • ISYS 375U IT Control & Audit, 3
    • ISYS 398U Selected Topics, 1-6
    • ISYS 399U Independent Study, 1-6
    • ISYS 450U Project Management, 3
    • ISYS 490U Managing IT, 3
    • ISYS 491U IT Security Planning/Risk Management, 3
    • ISYS 492U Consulting and Design of Online Systems, 3
    • LAW 325U CyberLaw, 3
    • MGMT 342U Managing Business Processes, 3
  • Admissions

    Admission to Undergraduate Certificate Programs

    Students seeking admission to the Certificate of Applied Studies (CAS) must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. The CAS is available in the following areas:

    • Data Analytics
    • Information Security
    • Information Systems
    • Paralegal Studies

    Admission requirements:

    • Completed undergraduate certificate application including the $35 application fee
    • Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from each university and college attended
    • TOEFL scores if the applicant’s native language is not English